HASUI -- "Megaro Fudo Temple" (#6)

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Title "Megaro Fudo Temple"
("Megaro Fudo do")
Date 1931 (likely 1940's/50's printing--clearly on old paper)
Provenance Consigned by a Florida print collector/dealer.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Unsealed (occasionally omitted--not uncommon from Watanate Publisher)
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 3/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, temple structures, stone areas, and foreground; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to cherry blossoms and roof's edge; marvelously life-like shadowing; highly detailed carving.
Condition Very Good+++. Strong colors. Clean front and verso.
(Four tiny tack-holes wide in side margins; faint crease lower/left margin corner; light wear; light toning.)
Reference/Illus Pachter pl #58; Narazaki #322; Hotei #263.
Comments Delightful springtime temple image. Narazaki reports that this composition was designed with an interest in depicting the complex shadows seen cast upon the flagstones of the temple's path and steps. Interestingly, the "backwards swastika" symbol is actually the Japanese kanji for "temple."
Item # GM-01
Price $950 (Sold/WA)